COMMON GOAL is a charitable project created by streetfootballworld and Juan Mata with the aim of using the immense power of football to generate social change and improve people’s lives. It’s members donate 1% of their income to active projects in all continents.
The initiative saw the light in August 2017 through an article that appeared on ‘The Players Tribune’ in which Juan Mata explained how he discovered football’s great capacity to unite people around the world. Since then, the initiative hasn’t stopped growing and plenty of people are now willing to change the world via football.
The work of the Manchester United footballer with Common Goal has been recognized again. Juan is one of 2019 elected by the Association, which will deliver the awards on January 27, at its annual Gala.
The Spanish international has collected the distinction, one of the 2017 National Sports Awards, surrounded by his family. The event, held in El Pardo, was chaired by the King and Queen of Spain. Juan’s involvement with Common Goal has been key to this recognition. Rafa Nadal, Sandra Sánchez, Keylor Navas, Jon Rahm, María Vicente and Juan de Dios Román were other winners.
The Manchester United player was distinguished with the award to Human Values. Juan, who could not be present at the event, sent a video with words of thanks. Michu, Toña Is and Alberto Contador were other awarded athletes.
Manchester United player participated through a video organized by Banco Santander named: “Football as an engine for social development”. The Common Goal movement was one of the main parts of the dialogue.